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Why is Congress so partisan?

Early in my career in the U.S. House, I trekked over to the Senate side one day to watch a debate between Hubert Humphrey and Barry Goldwater, two of the great ideological warriors of the era. I don't recall the issue, but I do remember the heat they generated as they went at each other hammer and tongs. They were knowledgeable, passionate, and deeply committed to their vastly different points of view.

August 30, 2007 | By Lee Hamilton Special to the Courier | Opinion


MAF: Winning the hearts and minds

By Victor Kamber

August 30, 2007 | By Victor Kamber Special to the Courier | Opinion


Adequate Yearly Progress defined

By Harley Grove

August 28, 2007 | By Harley Grove Special to the Courier | Opinion


The black and white of green

"This is about green - not black and white. It's about money."

August 28, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Democrats against terrorism tipsters

If you see something, hire a lawyer. Then, perhaps, you can say something.

August 25, 2007 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Fresh water, a precious and scarce resouce

The science of hydrology tells us the freshwater we humans and all animals and plants survive on has been in existence since the formation of our planet. That means the water we drink today is the same water that dinosaurs drank. Interesting?

August 23, 2007 | By Phil Odom Guest Columnist/Special to the Courier | Opinion


Bittersweet memories of Cuba

There is a story about a bar owner in Miami who some years ago decided to attract Cuban customers, so he put out a sign announcing drink specials for a holiday he had heard about, July 26.

August 23, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Love of country will see us through

Following the anthrax scare at the Smith Army Education Center two weeks ago, we were once again reminded of the far-reaching effects of terrorism.

August 23, 2007 | By John Deike Staff Writer | Opinion


It's good to be back!

I have come to the conclusion no one over age 60 should ever attempt to move. I also think it is easier to move to another town than it is to move across town. Having done both in my life, I can make a comparison.

August 23, 2007 | By Judy Shippey Guest Columnist/Special to the Courier | Opinion


Soldiers, Iraqis working together

Two months ago, I celebrated my 30th anniversary with the Army. During all those years, I've been privileged to command fine American soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors. All are patriotic servants in our uniformed services.

August 21, 2007 | By MG Rick Lynch Special to the Courier | Opinion


When a sure bet is a loser

By now just about everyone who follows Georgia politics has heard about new Congressman Paul Broun's amazing victory over former State Sen. Jim Whitehead in the July runoff to fill the unexpired term of the late Charlie Norwood.

August 21, 2007 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


A bird in the hand can be life-saving

Good Samaritan: Many thanks to Jane Sweetin of Midway who recently rescued a Mississippi kite, a small relative of the swallow-tailed kite. She said he let her pick him up and take him inside, where she fed him raw meat that he readily ate. I called Nan at The Sanctuary on the Sapelo and Nan came immediately and picked up the bird. Jane said the bird actually would let her hold him and hand feed him. Nan was to examine him when she got him back to SOS to check for any injuries. Thank you Jane for being a good ...

August 18, 2007 | By Dot Moss Columnist | Opinion


Make recycling a successful event

I often hear people say they wish we had more local events for families to enjoy. I honestly am a little surprised when I hear that, because I think for a small community there are quite a number of events during the year.

August 18, 2007 | By Sara Swinda Columnist | Opinion


Readers voice their thoughts

The issue of immigration was, no surprise, the runaway winner in number of reader comments.

August 16, 2007 | By Roger Hernandez Columnist | Opinion


Topic: Response to blog

Mr. Hickey,

August 16, 2007 | By Andrea Washington Staff Writer | Opinion


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Nation doesn't need more 'boots on ground'

The talking heads and politicians love to use the term, "boots on the ground." It sounds macho.

October 16, 2014 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


Polls shouldn't open on Sunday

Editor, Perhaps Liberty County Commissioners Lovette, Stevens, Frasier and Gilliard need to pause and reflect some before they cast any future votes. I'm referring, of course, to their recent votes to open the polls on Sunday.

October 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gubernatorial candidate talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public-school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week, the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Situations are as dramatic as you make them

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to let things roll right off her back.

October 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Rivers Alive cleanups coming soon

You drink it. You clean with it. You shower in it. You swim in it. You fish in it. You have fun in it.

October 14, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Even 'educational' TV is questionable

Letting a child watch too much TV may be as bad for parents as it is for little ones. In fact, depending on which shows a child is allowed to watch, it may be worse for parents.

October 14, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Don't vote for SPLOST; property tax hike likely anyway

On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They threw chests of tea overboard to protest the British parliament's unfair tax on tea. It's time for the citizens of Midway and Liberty County to borrow a page from Boston's history book.

October 14, 2014 | By Terry Doyle Columnist | Opinion


Port should get money it deserves

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second-straight year the GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

October 10, 2014 | By Buddy Carter Columnist | Opinion


Help soldiers from war room to board room

Over the next three years, as many as 60,000 military members are expected to return to Georgia. Already, 770,000 veterans call Georgia home. In fact, the Peach State is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans nationwide. In addition to those returning to Georgia, more than 10,000 service members will be transitioning from the state's Army installations - 4,000 from Fort Stewart alone.

October 09, 2014 | By James Wilburn Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA is home of top college mascot

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Cool house with breezes, memories

"It's a funny thing." That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 07, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Make a difference at Rivers Alive

Are you ready to make a difference this fall? Then consider volunteering this month for our ninth annual Rivers Alive in Liberty County.

October 07, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Another mom shares insights

I imagine, from time to time, you all get tired of reading about my adventures in toddler town and would like to hear from other parents. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled when Hinesville Public Relations Manager Krystal Britton Hart took me up on my offer to guest write this week's column. Krystal has two daughters herself, one of whom is the same age as my daughter, Reese. I enjoy comparing notes and talking with her, and I'm sure our readers will be as interested in hearing what she has to say as I am. Enjoy!

October 07, 2014 | By Krystal Britton Hart Guest columnist | Opinion


Lift offshore-drilling moratorium

President Barack Obama's recent move to allow seismic exploration of oil and gas reserves off the shores of Georgia and the Atlantic Coast has left many hopeful that the offshore drilling moratorium currently in place may soon be lifted. A new study by University of Wyoming energy economist Dr. Tim Considine indicates the degree to which such a move would benefit Georgians and our Mid-Atlantic counterparts.

October 01, 2014 | By Benita Dodd Special to the Courier | Opinion


Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers th

Last Saturday, while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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